Queensbury New York passes Airbnb and vacation rental restrictions

Upstate New York’s tourist hotspot, Queensbury, just passed new restrictions on Airbnb and other short-term rental properties that will affect many would-be vacationers.

CBS6 Albany Reporting that the Queensbury Town Board recently passed a resolution requiring short-term tenants to stay at least five consecutive nights when renting between May and September. Although restrictions are not in place outside of these months, homeowners will only be allowed to rent out their homes for up to 120 days a year. These new restrictions are due to begin next year and are aimed at discouraging “weekend warrior” tourism which has led to disputes with local residents.

“Residential communities, homes with children going to school, vibrant members of the community. [With] short-term rentals, you don’t have that,” Councilman Tim McNulty told CBS6. “Two to three day rentals are the norm and that’s where we have some of the issues with parties, graduation parties, various functions going on that tend to create a rowdy neighborhood. So we say five days now. So people can come and enjoy our area for five days, seven days, whatever, and hopefully be good neighbors. »

Queensbury sits on part of the south bank of Lake George, one of the most popular vacation destinations In the region. It is also home to the Six Flags Great Escape amusement and water park, and adjoins the regional town of Glens Falls as well as the vast region of the Adirondacks.

Airbnb and VRBO show dozens of Queensbury rental properties available on the platforms, including luxurious waterfront homes on Lake George rented for thousands of dollars a night. Other neighboring municipalities, including the Lake George Villagehave also sought to limit the number of rental units in recent years.

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